Politics

Books down a bit, digital up a lot: Nelson library creates a new identity

Nelson's chief librarian June Stockdale with teens in the youth section of the library. She says that even though teens' tastes are changing, their section of the library is often full. (Photo by Bill Metcalfe)

In urban design and community-building circles, there is the concept of the third place--a social environment that is separate from our usual surroundings of home and work. A third place is welcoming, comfortable, and accessible to everyone, a place to put aside our concerns and enjoy company and conversation. 

First casualties of the BC Government Core Review

First casualties of the BC Government Core Review

The ministries in the BC Government — The Pacific Carbon Trust (Trust) andThe Provincial Capital Commission — Core Review Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister announced Tuesday.

Bennett, responsible for Core Review, provided a progress update announcing the first decisions of the Core Review process to ensure the best possible use of government resources and respect for the interests of taxpayers.

Radiation, food for all, Nelson’s identity, Hall Street vision, e-books, greenhouse gases, and a communication complaint: Nelson City Council November 18, 2013

Council ratified the latest version of the Hall Street plan in a November 18 meeting packed with news and initiatives from many parts of the community

Every second meeting of council is a Committee of the Whole, at which local groups, individuals, and city departments are given time to present to council. The following is a summary of presentations to the Committee of the Whole on November 18, 2013

Electromagnetic radiation 

Nelson will impose fines for allowing spread of invasive plants

Invasive plants are a serious threat to global biodiversity. Knotweed, pictured here, can grow through concrete to several meters in height, and shade out everything around it. (Photo courtesy of the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee)

If you own property in Nelson, a city bylaw says you must “prevent the infestation of such property by noxious weeds” and “cut and/or remove noxious weeds from such property to prevent blowing and spread thereof…”

At a recent meeting, Nelson City Council instituted a fine of $250 for non-compliance.

What is a noxious weed?

Doing Time

Doing Time

Many Norwegians responded in disbelief and anger when it was announced that convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik had enrolled in a political science course at the University of Oslo. Allowing a mass murderer to enroll in a university course was going too far. The university’s rector, Ole Petter Ottersen, explained that Breivik will not be admitted to campus, and that he will pursue his studies in his cell. Ottersen held that changing the law which allows convicts to further their education, reacting to his crimes with a lex Breivik, would place Norway on a slippery slope.

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

LETTER: A nursing student's plea to allow people to die with dignity

Dear Editor,

It was a cool February day when I was forced to play the role of God and make one of the toughest decisions of my life: to end my cat’s pain and suffering through euthanasia. Having had a very special bond with animals all my life, this was not a decision I took lightly.

BC Liquor stores to accept donations for Philippines typhoon relief

Photo courtesy the Red Cross.

BC Liquor Stores customers can support Red Cross Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines by making a donation at any of the 195 BC Liquor Stores located in communities throughout the province.

These donations will help the Red Cross provide urgently-needed assistance in affected communities. This includes carrying out search and rescue operations, distributing food and mobilizing items like blankets, hygiene kits and sleeping mats. From today until Dec. 9, customers may make donations of $2 or $5 - or multiples thereof - at all checkouts in BC Liquor Stores.

Moving Beyond Our Obsession with Stephen Harper

Moving Beyond Our Obsession with Stephen Harper

Remember Brian Mulroney, the PM so many people loved to hate? We need to remember him so we can learn a lesson from that period in our political history: there is a real danger in demonizing prime ministers to the exclusion of other longer term political objectives. Mulroney’s unctuous manner, his arrogance and his shameless toadying to the U.S. and to corporate CEOs made people crazed with anger at the man.

What is a postmodern Mind? Ask Rob Ford

What is a postmodern Mind? Ask Rob Ford

The twentieth century was the century of the Self, according to some historians of modern social and cultural studies. Freud and the psychologists dominated discourse on human mind; rampant ideologies infected the public opinion of modern nations, and international politics, until near the end of that century.

But towards its end, post-modern consciousness was emergent in the most advanced nations, at least in the elites. Post modernity is still being evolved, but one thing that makes it clearly different from modernity is its politics.

COMMENT: Electioneering throne speech

COMMENT: Electioneering throne speech

Parliament has returned after an unnecessary prorogation with a Throne Speech that has been described as one of the worst ever and sounded more like electioneering than a parliamentary blue-print. It contained mostly old initiatives and a few consumer friendly ideas that New Democrats have been telling the government about for years.

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